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BROMYOGA CLASSES: Ongoing yoga classes; for class times/information, visit or call Jon at 978-852-2765.

DRACUT CULTURAL COUNCIL GRANT APPLICATIONS: Accepting applications for individuals, schools and organizations to apply for grants that support cultural activities in the community; special consideration will be given to those applicants who can demonstrate community benefit and/or are sponsored by Dracut organizations; deadline Oct. 15; applications available at the Dracut Town Hall, Moses Greeley Parker Library, or by visiting; mail applications to Dracut Cultural Council, P.O. Box 85, Dracut, MA 01826 or e-mail to

FIRE SAFETY OPEN HOUSE: Oct. 13, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Methuen Fire Department, 24 Lowell St.; firefighters will demonstrate how to escape from a smoke-filled room, plus cooking and fire-prevention safety tips; Sparky the fire safety mascot will interact with the children; for more information, contact Capt. Michael Buote at 978-983-8919.

FREE PROSTATE SCREENING: Oct. 18, 4-6 p.m., Holy Family Hospital’s William L. Lane Cancer Management Center, 70 East St., Methuen; for individuals with limited to no insurance; appointments required; to reserve your space, call 800-488-5959.

GREATER LOWELL FAMILY YMCA PROGRAMS: Registration under way for fall programs, including Barracuda swim team and swimming lessons, which will be offered for all ages and abilities, from 6 months to seniors, at the Lowell YMCA and Greater Lowell Regional Technical School, Tyngsboro; Barracuda swim team is open to swimmers ages 5-18; focus is on technique and team-building; for class times or more information, contact the YMCA at 978-454 7825 or visit

HOLIDAY FAIR: Dec.1, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Evangelical Congregational Church, Main Street, Dunstable; breakfast and lunch available; crafts, silent auction and bake table; hosted by the Sunshine Girls; to rent a table, call 978-649-6750.

JOHN MADDEN FOOTBALL CLUB: Sundays, 2 p.m., beginning Sept. 9, Polish-American Veterans Club, 201 Coburn St., Lowell; for ages 18 and older; bring your own controller; watch the games and test your Madden skill against other players.

RAPE CRISIS COUNSELOR TRAINING: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Oct. 9-Nov. 14, 6-9 p.m., Rape Crisis Service of Greater Lowell Inc., Suite 304, 144 Merrimack St., Lowell; free training to become a rape-crisis volunteer; as a volunteer counselor, you can support survivors of sexual violence on the 24-hour hotline, at the courts and hospitals, plus do community educating and outreach; those interested should call Trish at 978-452-7721.

SENIOR NET LEARNING CENTER COURSES: Beginning Nov. 5, Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, 360 Merrimack St., Lawrence: designed specifically for senior learners 50 and older; limited to five students per class; fee $50 per class for SeniorNet Learning Center members and $90 for nonmembers; for more information, call 1-800-892-0890, ext. 516, and leave a message;

* Computer Basics I: Mondays, Nov. 5-Dec, 17, 9-11 a.m.;

* Computer Basics II: Tuesdays, Nov. 6-Dec. 18, 9-11 a.m.;

* Internet & E-Mail: Wednesdays, Nov. 7-Dec. 19, 9-11 a.m.;

* Digital Camera & More: Wednesdays, Nov. 7-Dec. 19, 1-3 p.m.;

* Computer Basics II: Thursdays, Nov. 8-Dec. 20, 1-3 p.m.;

* Word Processing: Fridays, Nov. 9-Dec. 21, 9-11 a.m.

VNA HEALTH SCREENINGS: A registered nurse will conduct the clinics. Services include medications review, weight and blood-pressure checks; no appointments are needed and no fees charged for those 60 and older; for more information, call the VNA at 978-805-2641; the clinics will he held at the following dates and times:

* Oct. 1, 1:30-4 p.m.: Council on Aging, 951 Mammoth Road, Dracut;

* Oct. 15, noon-4 p.m.: Council on Aging, 951 Mammoth Road, Dracut;

* Oct. 29, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.: Council on Aging, 951 Mammoth Road, Dracut.

VOLUNTEER DRIVERS NEEDED: Interfaith Caregivers of Greater Lawrence, a coalition of faith communities, social service agencies, and health organizations, seeks volunteers to drive elders to appointments through the Friends in Deed program at Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley; if you can help, call volunteer coordinator Jerry Proulx at 1-800-892-0890, ext. 445, or Eileen Giordano at 1-800-892-0890, ext. 463, and mention Interfaith Caregivers.

YMCA YOUTH BASKETBALL REGISTRATION: Merrimack Valley YMCA, 40 Lawrence St., Lawrence; season begins Dec. 1; program for boys and girls ages 5-15; league stresses development of the child rather than competition; main goals are skill development, personal development, fair play, fitness, character development and fun; no scores or standings kept; made up of five divisions: 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-15; players in 13-15 division cannot be on a high school team; games played Saturday mornings; practices held one night a week; special events include photo day, bake sale, family trip to the Boston Celtics, and season-ending banquets; financial assistance available to those who qualify; for more information, contact Doug Currier at 978-686-6191.

YMCA SENIOR PROM: Nov. 3, 7-11 p.m., Andover/North Andover YMCA, 165 Haverhill St., Andover; dance to the music of the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s; tickets $20 in advance, $25 at the door; tickets available at the Andover/North Andover YMCA, Andover Senior Center and North Andover Council on Aging; sponsored by the Merrimack Valley YMCA, Friends of the Andover Senior Center and Friends of the North Andover Senior Center; ight refreshments, finger sandwiches, and punch; open to those age 50 and older.

“Y” SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATION: Oct. 1, open signups for new campers; Merrimack Valley YMCA summer residential camps — Camp Lawrence for boys and Camp Nokomis for girls; both camps, located on Bear Island, Lake Winnipesaukee, N.H., offer fun-filled, educational experiences for youth ages 8-16; campers hail from as far away as Europe, as well as from all over the United States; enrollments are accepted in two-, four-, six- or eight-week periods only; both camps meet the American Camp Association’s standards for health, safety and program quality; applications are available by calling the YMCA at 978-975-1330 or by visiting the YMCA’s camping services branch office, 7 Ballard Way, Lawrence; applications for financial assistance are also available; for more information, contact the YMCA at 978-975-1330.


CHRISTMAS FLORAL SHOWCASE: Oct. 26-28, Nov. 2-4, Nov. 9-11, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Searles Castle, 21 Searles Road, Windham, N.H.; area florists decorate the Castle with Christmas silk floral arrangements; visitors can purchase or order displayed items; cash and checks accepted, but not credit cards; $10 general admission, $8 for senior citizens and children under 12; refreshments, bake sale and raffle of floral arrangement; proceeds benefit the Sisters of Mercy in their restoration of the Castle; for more information, call 603-890-0458.

LITTLE BATTLERS 5K ROAD RACE AND CARNIVAL: Oct. 6, 11 a.m.. St. Francis Church, 115 Wheeler Road, Dracut; also one-mile fun run.

PUMPKIN PATCH: Oct. 14, 21, 28, noon-5 p.m.; Oct.15-19, Oct. 22-26, Oct. 29-31, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Oct. 20, 27, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Forest Street Union Church grounds, 15 Forest St., Methuen; pumpkin sale/community outreach program that has enjoyed nationwide success; portion of proceeds benefits Church programs; special events for children and grownups on weekends; for more information call 978-683-8523 or visit


ARTS INSTITUTE GROUP OF MERRIMACK VALLEY: Meetings held on the third Thursday of the month in April, May, June, September, October and November; held at the Nevins Home Adult Day Health Center, Methuen; meetings focus on art demonstration and art-related subjects; for more information, contact Silvana Siudut, president/founder, at

DRACUT KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS COUNCIL 4225: Meets the first Tuesday of the month; 7 p.m., Dracut Historical Society Building, Lakeview Avenue; new members welcome: for more information, 978-458-2667 or e-mail

GREATER LOWELL LEAGUE OF CATHOLIC WOMEN: Any Catholic woman 18 and older is eligible to join; for more information, call chairwoman Bonni Dinneen at 978-937-7933.

DRACUT AMERICAN LEGION POST 315: Meets the third Saturday of the month, 1 p.m., Broadway Road; new members welcome.

DRACUT COUNCIL ON AGING: Meets first and third Wednesday of the month (except July, August), 1 p.m., 951 Mammoth Road; coffee hour with the director, fourth Tuesday of the month, 9:30-10:30 a.m.; poetry class, Mondays, 9:30 a.m.; art class, Tuesdays, 1 p.m.; call 978-957-2611.

DRACUT GARDEN CLUB: Meets second Wednesday of the month, 7:30 p.m., April through December; Dracut Historical Society, Lakeview Avenue; for more information, call 978-957-1289.

DRACUT LIONS CLUB: Meets second and fourth Wednesday of the month; 6:30 p.m., Dracut House of Pizza,1067 Lakeview Ave.; new members are always welcome; for more information, call Sandi at 978-454-8829 or e-mail

DRACUT VFW POST 9307: Meets the third Saturday of the month,11:30 a.m., Dracut American Legion Post 315, Broadway Road; new members welcome.

DRACUT EXCHANGE CLUB: Meets first and third Tuesday of the month, 7 p.m., Dracut House of Pizza, 1067 Lakeview Ave.; active in the prevention of child abuse and promotion of patriotism and student of the month in local schools; guests welcome; for more information, call 978-934-6990.

DREAM FACTORY OF THE MERRIMACK VALLEY: Provides grant wishes to area children ages 3 to 18 with chronic or permanently life-altering conditions who haven’t previously been granted a wish from any other foundation; for information, call Anne Winn at 978-685-9561.

METHUEN LADIES AUXILIARY: Arnold Greenwood VFW Post 8349, 26 River St., Methuen; meets second Thursday of the month, 7 p.m.; bean suppers first Saturday of the month (adults $6, children $2); meat raffles every Saturday, 2 p.m.; 45s tournament every Sunday, 5 p.m., partners luck of the draw, $5 per person; new members welcome; for more information, call Nancy at 978-687-9465.

METHUEN GARDEN CLUB: Meets first Wednesday of the month, 7 p.m., Nevins Memorial Library, lower garden room, 305 Broadway; new members and guests welcome; for more information, call Linda at 978-687-9892 or visit

PELHAM VFW: John H. Hargreaves Memorial Post 10722, 6 Main St., Pelham; meets first Thursday of the month, 7 p.m.

RED HAT SOCIETY: Meets second Tuesday of each month, 1:30 p.m., Pelham Senior Center, 8 Nashua Road.

SPINDLE CITY SINGERS OF LOWELL: Accepting new members; no auditions required; Call Heidi at 978-957-0802.

WALKER-ROGERS POST LADIES AUXILIARY: 190 Plain St., Lowell; meets 7 p.m., second Tuesday of the month; new members welcome; for more information, call 978-934-0120.


BLOOD DONOR: Saints Medical Center; helps support the transfusion needs of its patients. To donate blood, call 978-934-8584.

MATURE WORKERS: Job opportunities available for those 55 and over; a variety of jobs at area nonprofits and/or town government offices. For a listing of available jobs contact Eileen at Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, Inc., 800-892-0890, ext. 463.

TRANSPLANT SUPPORT: Group meets first Wednesday of the month; 7-8:30 p.m., Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, Nashua; contact Ron Rioux at 603-889-1775 for location.


ALVIRNE HIGH SCHOOL, CLASS OF ’87: Nov. 24, Holiday Inn, Nashua; contact Beth or Jen at

KEITH ACADEMY AND KEITH HALL, CLASS OF ’57: Seeking classmates for October reunion; for Keith Academy contact Frank Furtado at 978-251-8944 or; for Keith Hall, contact Eileen (Sullivan) Soucy at 978-957-4347 or

LOWELL HIGH SCHOOL, CLASS OF ’82: Seeking classmates for 25th reunion; contact

LOWELL HIGH SCHOOL, CLASS OF ’83: June 21, 2008, Wyndham Hotel, Andover; seeking classmates; contact


AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD SERVICES: Seeking volunteers to assist from three to six hours at area blood drives in the registration or canteen. Transportation necessary. Call Georgia, 978-794-5625, ext. 14.

DRACUT FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY: Need volunteers to sort books, prepare quarterly newsletter, help with advertising, fundraising. Call 978-446-0703.

DRIVERS NEEDED: Interfaith Caregivers of Greater Lawrence, a coalition of faith communities, social service agencies, and health organizations, seeks volunteers to drive elders to appointments through the Friends in Deed program at Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley; if you can help, call volunteer coordinator Jerry Proulx at 1-800-892-0890, ext. 445, or Eileen Giordano at 1-800-892-0890, ext. 463, and mention Interfaith Caregivers.

ELDER SERVICES OF THE MERRIMACK VALLEY: Seeking Volunteers for a number of activities related to helping elders; volunteer drivers are needed to drive elders to medical appointments and to work as companions for elders living alone who may need help with day-to-day tasks; mileage reimbursement is available; orientation, training and ongoing support provided; more than 20,000 elders throughout the 23 cities and towns of the Merrimack Valley annually receive assistance from the programs offered by Elder Services; for further information, call 800-892-0890, ext. 380.

GREATER MERRIMACK VALLEY CONVENTION & VISITOR BUREAU: Knowledgeable, friendly volunteers to work at the Massachusetts Tourist Information Center on Interstate 495, Chelmsford. Should enjoy working with people, know the Greater Lowell area and be able to give directions. Call 978-250-9704.

LOWELL ASSOCIATION FOR THE BLIND: Serving the needs of the blind and visually impaired of the Merrimack Valley and Southern New Hampshire, seeks volunteers to read local newspapers on the radio for the LAB/Talking Information Center, 174 Central St., Lowell. Volunteer opportunities available Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Call 978-454-5704.

SERVICE PROJECT GROUPS NEEDED: Lowell National Historical Park seeks groups for mixed service projects year-round at the park. Projects will be matched to groups based on size, interests and available times. Opportunities include painting, park and canal clean-up, vegetation removal from canal walls, engineering drawings of the mechanisms in Pawtucket Gatehouse, restoration of the pulley wheels and belting in Northern Canal Wastegatehouse, help in presenting special events. Call 978-970-5032.

TEACHERS NEEDED: Lawrence branch of the Merrimack Valley YMCA’s Resident Education Center offers programs focusing on supportive services for low income residents of the YMCA and the Greater Lawrence community; classes are free to qualified participants, but preference is given to the homeless and formerly homeless; Call Luz Wheatly at 978-686-6191.

VNA CARE HOSPICE: Vistiting Nurses Association Care Hospice, an affiliate of VNA Care Network, is seeking volunteers to provide practical and emotional support to terminally ill patients and their families in the Merrimack Valley. Call 888-663-3688, ext. 3471, or 978-777-6100, ext. 3471.

YMCA ESL/GED PROGRAM: Volunteers are needed for the Lawrence branch’s program offered ‘Y’ residents. What started out as a program to assist 20 to 30 adults has grown in less than a year to more than 100 participants. Volunteers would assist in teaching multiple levels of ESL/GED classes. Classes are held mornings, afternoons, evenings and weekends. If you are able to help or would like to would like to refer someone to volunteer, contact Kathy Walton or Luz Wheatly at 978-686-6191. The Lawrence Branch of the Merrimack Valley YMCA is located at 40 Lawrence St.